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BLiSS Trail and Map

  

BLiSS Trail map

Thistle Awards Regional Winner 2016-17

New installations for 2017, celebrating Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 

                                                            Drovers Bho by Kev Paxton- PR Drover's Bho by Kev Paxton

See other visiting #HHA installations at The Golden Larches and The Lochearnhead Hotel

BLiSS Trail ornamental features

Art Installations * Ornamental Features * Food & Drink 

Balquhidder       *       Lochearnhead       *      Strathyre       *       St Fillans

BLiSS trail - launched to celebrate Innovation, Architecture and Design - now a permanent attraction

  • Click the icon on the top right hand side of the map for full access.
  • In the left hand column of the map, select boxes marked:
  1. Art Installations
  2. Ornamental Features
  3. Food and Drink Stops
  4. Loch Earn Tourism Information. 
  • Ticking the boxes enables you to overlay informaton individually or all at once

Drive along the trail around the A84 and A85 Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans starting from any of the villages. Enjoy a half day outing or a full day out with drinks, lunch and dinner stops. Alternatively, see sections of the trail one village at a time by bicycle or on foot. Bikes can be hired in Strathyre. Sustrans Cycle Route 7 (also part of the Rob Roy Way) on the old railway walkway,  connects sections of Strathyre, Balquhidder and Lochearnhead off road.

 

Follow the BLiSS trail starting from Strathyre 

 
1. Sloc-Nan-Sitheanach - by Ruairidh Moir,  Scenic Routes, Car Park 1, Loch Lubnaig,  Strathyre
 
2. Soaring Eagle - by Iain Chalmers, The Broch Cafe recreational area, at Sustrans NCR7* exit,  Strathyre
 
3. RideOut Seats - by Jeremy Cunningham, The Broch Cafe,  A84,  Strathyre
 
4. Thistle The Heilan' Coo - by Wee Coo Co,  The Broch Cafe,  A84, Strathyre
 
5. "Airliephant" -  Airlie House B&B and Ice Cream Parlour, Main Street, A84, Strathyre
 
6. Drover's Bho - by Kev Paxton,  opposite Munro Hotel, before  Balvaig Bridge, right path, NCR7* Strathyre
 
7. Miniature Mill House, Strathyre Old Road, over the Balvaig Bridge, Off the A84,  Strathyre
 
8. Lions Couchant - Creagan House entrance, A84 opposite NCR7*, Strathyre
 
9. MHOR Coo - Mooooves around the  MHOR84 Motel, Balquhidder,  off A84
 
10 Old Victorian Signpost - near MHOR84 and Kingshouse Travel, off A84, Balquhidder
 
11. Red Phone Box Book and DVD exchange - Balquhidder Village Hall, Balquhidder 
 
12. Grooming Stag - Willow work by June McEwan, Balquhidder Village Hall, Balquhidder
 
13. Half Way Totem Pole - by Edward Chadfield, road opposite Balquhidder Village Hall (500m)
 
14. The Lookout -  Daniel Tyler + Angus Richie, #ScenicRoutes, field between Loch Doine + Voil, Balquhidder
 
15. The Sheiling - by MHOR micro students, grounds of Monachyle MHOR Hotel, Balquhidder
 
16. Visiting Sculpture - by Kev Paxton, Golden Larches restauarant with rooms, Balquhidder Station
 
17. The Cockerel - (Sustrans millenium mile marker NCR7*) by Iain McColl, A84. Edinchip nr. Lochearnhead
 
18. Dragon Bike - Willow work by June McEwan, Mansewood Country House, Lochearnhead
 
19. Visiting Sculpture -  by Kev Paxton, ArtFe Blacksmiths,  Lochearnhead Hotel,  A85,  Lochearnhead
 
20. Blawn Wi The Wind - by Kev Paxton ArtFe Blacksmiths , Briar Cottages,  A85, Lochearnhead
 
21. Stan The Stag - Briar Cottages garden Loch Earn, A85, Lochearnhead
 
22. STILL - by Rob Mulholland ,  The Four Seasons Hotel jetty, A85,  St Fillans
 
23. Fish Out Of Water - by Lynne Shroder,  The Achray House Hotel garden on Loch Earn, A85, St Fillans
 
Roadside and *NCR7 art  #BLiSStrail   Twitter @robroycountry   Facebook: @Robroycountry @LETinfo
 
*NCR7 = Sustrans Scotland's National Cycle Route 7 
 
To get the full list to print, click here (opens as pdf in new window)
   
 

BLiSS Trail Endorsements

Scotlands Flower - Blawn Wi The Wind BLiSStrail 640x432        Sunflowers at Golden Larches      Bill Bull - photo Dave Murray

       Blawn Wi The Wind                                      Sunflowers                                 Bill The Bull

Thistle Awards Regional Winner 2016-17

 

" I wanted to drop you a note to say how impressed I am at your efforts to extend the success of the Scottish Scenic Routes initiative through the launch of the BLiSS Trail.  I was delighted to see the coverage that the launch attracted. Your dedication to improving the visitor experience in the area is a real credit to the National Park, so thank you." Gordon Watson, Chief Executive, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park 

 
"It’s a great idea and I really hope it is successful, and local businesses see the benefits and engage with it.  We’ll do what we can to promote. Well done! " Gordon Bell,  Chief Executive, Stirling Enterprise (STEP)

"LETi is to be congratulated on this fantastic, inventive achievement - creating this new attraction to connect Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans is a great way of encouraging more visitors to stop off and spend time in and around the four villages. The BLiSS arts trail capitalises on all three themes of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and I am sure it will be a great asset to tourism in the area and will not only attract visitors but will also bring benefits to local businesses." Liz Buchanan MBE: Visit Scotland Regional Partnerships Director 

“Good public art enhances the local environment and contributes to a sense of community and - whether thought-provoking or simply quirky – can help to entice visitors to the area.  The BLiSS art trail is a fantastic addition to the area’s attractions.” Roseanna Cunningham, MSP, Perthshire South and Kinross-shire

"This is a great initiative. Well done! The art installations will help draw visitors to the area and provide talking points – just what we need. Established Cornish artist Philip Lyons was greatly impressed with the BLiSS trail " Bill Jamieson: Founder & editor Scot-Buzz  - website for business. Former Executive Editor The Scotsman.

“I was delighted that LETi invited me to become involved in this arts trail linking villages around the A84 and A85. There is a story behind all of my pieces and I aim to make people smile through my work, so, I hope that they encourage people to stop and spend time in this stunning area. I think it’s a fantastic idea and I really hope that the trail brings benefits to the tourism businesses and their communities.”  Artist Kev Paxton  

"Art is an essential part of enjoyment of public spaces and placemaking, encouraging more to travel actively. Our new ArtRoots programme enables communities to make improvements to the National Cycle Network across Scotland. Drover’s Bho is the first completed project from the fund and we think it is a fantastic addition to route 7”  Sustrans Scotland’s National Director John Lauder

 

BLiSS Trail Launch of art installations

Eating and Drinking:

Plan a food and drink stop or two as part of your adventure (see BLiSS trail map of where to eat and drink).

See and Do:  

Visit www.robroycountry.com for additional area tourist information e.g. golf, fishing, shopping, holistic therapies, taxis and tours.

Social Media / Photography:

All photographs welcome on Facebook @Letinfo and Twitter @robroycountry #BLiSStrail #IAD2016 Please like and RT. Book a photography session to photograph BLiSS trail art installations with Melanie Lewis

Treasure Hunt Marker:

Consider using the BLiSS trail artworks to mark your own treasure hunts and car rallies.

Rough Guide by car:

  • Loch Lubnaig to St Fillans via Srathyre and Balquhidder Station - 19 mins  - 14 miles
  • St Fillans  to Monachyle Mhor Balquhidder,  via Lochearnhead, Balquhidder = 35 mins -15.6 miles
  • Monachyle Mhor Balquhidder to Strathyre = 34 mins and 10 miles via A84

Sustrans Cycle Route 7: NCR7

Start in village of Strathyre, follow path to Balquhidder exit or continue to Lochearnhead. Follow Lochearnhead South road to St Fillans and loop back via Lochearnhead. (most cyclists will do the villages in sections according to ability- see detailed account from a tandem (Matildas Musings). Use the page search for all villages e.g. Strathyre here  https://matildasmusingsdotcom.wordpress.com/2017/04/

Local Accommodation?  http://robroycountry.com/accommodation/enquiry.html

Want to commission your own art work - Find the artists contacts and work here - https://issuu.com/lochearntourism/docs/bliss_media_pack_-_artists_and_inst/1 

BLiSS trail installations 

 BLiSS trail slide show

Not able to visit? Look at the BLiSS trail slide show here https://tinyurl.com/blisstrailslides  Click the link then hit the "Presentation" button top right.  Next, look bottom left to see the "go" arrow for an automated slide show or use the other arrows to control the pace. Enjoy!

You wont appreciate the scale of the works, however, you will get a flavour for the fun trail full of work by talented artists, sculptors and architects. We hope you will visit us soon.  Bring a camera, video or drone and share your photos and blog stories on Facebook and Twitter @robroycountry.  See our accommodation pages if you want to stay over.

See the Media Coverage of BLISS trail 

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